The Divisions of Yisrael
In the Book of Yahshar Chapter 81 we read of the children of Yisrael
encamped by the Yam Suph (The Gulf of Akaba) led by Moses under the instructions of Yahuah Elohim.
We will take up the account in Chapter 81, Verse 23 -
And all the Egyptians went forth with Pharaoh to pursue the children of Yisrael, and the camp of Egypt was an extremely large and heavy camp, about a million men.
24, 25 And the whole of this camp went and pursued the children of Yisrael to bring them back to Egypt, and they reached them encamping by the Red Sea. And the children of Yisrael lifted up their eyes, and beheld all the Egyptians pursuing them, and the children of Yisrael were greatly terrified at them, and the children of Yisrael cried to Yahuah.
26 And on account of the Egyptians, the children of Yisrael divided themselves into four divisions, and they were divided in their opinions, for they were afraid of the Egyptians, and Moses spoke to each of them.
27 The first division was of the children of Reuben, Simeon and Yissachar, and they resolved to cast themselves into the sea, for they were extremely afraid of the Egyptians.
28 And Moses said to them, “Fear not, stand still and see the salvation of Yahuah which He will effect this day for you”.
29 The second division was of the children of Zebulun, Binyamin and Naphtali, and they resolved to go back to Egypt with the Egyptians.
30 And Moses said to them, “Fear not, for as you have seen the Egyptians this day, so will you see them no more forever”.
31 The third division was of the children of Yahudah and Yoseph, and they resolved to go to meet the Egyptians to fight with them.
32 And Moses said to them, “Stand in your places, for Yahuah will fight for you, and you will remain silent”.
33 And the fourth division was of the children of Levi, Gad and Asher, and they resolved to go into the midst of the Egyptians to confound them, and Moses said to them, “Remain in your stations and fear not, only call to Yahuah that He may save you out of their hands”.
34 After this, Moses rose up from amidst the people, and He prayed to Yahuah and said,
35 “Oh Yahuah, the Almighty of the whole earth, save now your people whom you did bring forth from Egypt, and let not the Egyptians boast that power and might are theirs”.
36 So Yahuah said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me! Speak to the children of Yisrael that they will proceed, and do you stretch out your rod upon the sea and divide it, and the children of Yisrael will pass through it”.
40, 41 And when the children of Yisrael had entered the sea, the Egyptians came after them, and the waters of the sea resumed upon them, and they all sank in the water, and not one man was left excepting Pharaoh, who gave thanks to Yahuah and believed in him, therefore Yahuah did not cause him to perish at that time with the Egyptians. And Yahuah ordered an angel to take him from among the Egyptians, who cast him upon the land of Ninevah and he ruled over it for a long time.
42, 43 And on that day Yahuah saved Yisrael from the hand of Egypt, and all the children of Yisrael saw that the Egyptians had perished, and they beheld the great hand of Yahuah, in what he had performed in Egypt and in the sea. Then sang Moses and the children of Yisrael this song to Yahuah, on the day when Yahuah caused the Egyptians to fall before them.
44 And all Yisrael sang in concert, saying “I will sing to Yahuah for He is greatly exalted, the horse and his rider has he cast into the sea”.
Behold it is written in the book of the law of the Almighty.
The four divisions exhibited great differences in their reaction to the perilous position in which they found themselves at the Sea. They grouped themselves according to their thoughts and intentions.
Is there a lesson there for us in these last days?
All four divisions were instructed by Moses to stand still and see the
salvation of Yahuah who would fight the battle for them.
Which division of thought will we follow in these last days?
The answer is clear
Stand still and see the salvation of Yahuah